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Written by Luke Bull
September 15, 2022
Best Hoxton Bars
Situated to the north of Shoreditch (and often confused with it too), Hoxton is home to some of Hackney’s most renowned nightlife venues. A district with a centuries-long history boasting a strong sense of community and culture, there’s much to enjoy here, particularly as it resists much of the corporate encroachment seen by its southern neighbours.
With cutting-edge galleries, iconic street art, trendy event spaces, night clubs and historic spots like the eponymous Street Market and Square, it’s the creative hub of the East End. So if you’re looking for a bit of hedonism, our picks give a flavour of some of the very best bars in Hoxton.
We've heroically taken it upon ourselves to delve headfirst into a bewildering series of Hoxton nights out, throwing back pinta after cocktail after shot. Exhausted, hungover and with an intricate knowledge of Hoxton's best bars, we bring this breakdown to you. You're Welcome.
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1. Party the night away on Hoxton's multi-floor bar: Queen of Hoxton
There’s no other bar quite like the Queen of Hoxton - fantastically located in the heart of Shoreditch, whether you’re getting a drink after work, going all night in the club or kicking off your weekend in style with a bottomless drag brunch, they have what you need.
With DJs, live acts, a killer cocktail menu and big party vibes - a night with the Queen is always a big, and sometimes messy, one. There’s even a rooftop terrace with iconic views (open all year round and heated in winter) and they offer private hire on a range of spaces, from 50-500 guests.
2. Record store vibes and regular live acts make Old Street Records a music lover’s dream
The Shoreditch gem of the “Records” bar group - Old Street Records boasts two floors and the best location as one of Hoxton’s hottest bars. Live music every night brings a bustling crowd and buzzing atmosphere. This is one for people who like big nights out, so probably avoid taking a date.
Go straight from work for happy hour cocktails, grab a delicious pizza to keep you going (eating’s not cheating) then dance the night away while discovering your new favourite bands.
Try the Sour Records cocktail for a unique twist on a beloved classic, or for a special occasion pre-order a prosecco, beer and pizza package. You can even hire out the basement for a private party.
3. Cool and casual, The Breakfast Club in Hoxton is the place for all day dining and drinking
Walking into The Breakfast Club is like doing an instant hop back in time into their quirky retro bar vibes. Think old-school Americana, complete with booths, a chequered floor, milkshakes and pancake stacks to die for.
Whether you’re after brunch, lunch, dinner, or some evening socialising - The Breakfast Club has you and your friends covered with their fantastic range of food and drinks (including some ace cocktails). Don’t miss the bathrooms to check out their nostalgia-filled wallpaper, and you can even go home with branded merch as a souvenir.
4. Delicious Filipino food and a secret tiki bar make Rapsa @ 100 Hoxton a must visit
With its industrial chic and elaborate octopus motif on the window, you can’t help but notice Rapsa @ 100 Hoxton. Well known for its Filipino Fusion menu, they offer food throughout the day and one of the best weekend bottomless brunches that Hoxton has to offer.
Head through the secret bookcase to the jungle of Sugarlandia, their party room and tiki bar, and sample the best Pinoy cocktails on this side of the Pacific. The last Sunday of the month brings their unique Boodle Fight - a new hands-on style of dining all about sharing and eating together with friends and family.
Rapsa is available for private hire for 25-100 guests.
5. Grab a pint away from the crowds at neighbourhood gem Howl At The Moon
Located on Hoxton Street, Howl At The Moon is more of a friendly pub than a wild party bar - pop in for a pint and their wide selection of beers will almost certainly convince you to stay for a few more.
The vibe is buzzy without being overwhelming, dogs are welcome and they do a mean taco if you find you need a snack with your booze. They have outdoor tables, and in summer the park next door turns into an excellent beer garden. With regular sports screenings, music nights, pub quizzes and tap takeovers - there truly is something for everyone at this local hotspot.
6. The Hidden Gem: The Red Lion
A classic boozer heralding from a bygone era, this tucked-away pub has been serving Hoxton locals and wanderers alike for decades.
A deceptively large pub crowned with that most elusive of city spaces - a roof terrace! - its multiple floors include a games room with pool and football tables and a SNES video game console. And whether you’re looking to secure a table or an entire floor, you can book ahead to make that private function or date night extra special.
On arrival, you’ll find a small but well-curated beer selection along with a host of other reasonably priced drinks. And if you plan to stay a while - you really should! - you’d be remiss to ignore the indulgent burgers and sides from guest menu providers Bang Bang Burger Co, with the Bangkok Chicken burger, in particular, being a favourite of ours.
7. The Clubgoers’ Pitstop: The Hoxton Seven
Stroll down Great Eastern Street any night of the week and you can’t miss The Hoxton Seven. This popular, offbeat cocktail bar boasts a prime position on the Hoxton Triangle, and with a seven-day licence, street-side seating and bookable booths inside, they’re ever ready to show you a good time.
A colourful and open bar awaits, with friendly staff and plenty of tables to accommodate you and your mates. If you’re in the mood for something more hedonistic, venture downstairs to the basement speakeasy, where edgy decor and an even edgier soundtrack from the in-house DJs will keep you entertained all night, or until it’s time to hit the club if you prefer. (Hot tip: ask at the bar; your drinks order might just grant you a queue-jump to nearby club Cargo).
Both floors are available for individual or whole-venue hire, each with up to a 150-person standing capacity on a minimum spend basis.
8. The Night of Your Life: Nikki’s Bar
In a city where ‘cool bar’ is too often mistranslated to mean exposed bricks and filament bulb lighting, Nikki’s on Hoxton Square is a neon oasis. Prepare to be gently stunned by the 70s disco-esque self-illuminated ceiling, a honey-streaked sunset in which to bask, with a retro playlist to match.
Apparently simultaneously inspired by the works of Quentin Tarantino and trashy reality TV, there’s even a king-sized (PVC) bed on which you are encouraged to pose for photos and the utter bafflement of your friends and followers.
With regular Y2K-themed Drag Brunches and a roster of seasonal events, And if you want the ‘ultimate party girl’ party - and let’s be honest, we absolutely do - Nikki’s is fully bookable with an impressive array of entertainment packages, activities and add-ons.
9. The Queer Haven: Colours Hoxton
Yet another gem on Hoxton Square, a site that has purportedly hosted live music and entertainment for centuries, Colours is an inclusive, LGBTQ+ arts and performance space with a bar and kitchen to boot.
Step off the square, through Colours’ drinks terrace into a spacious multi-level bar, where 5 nights a week you can sample an impressive drinks roster - from killer cocktails through guest beers, speciality gins and wines - and a rotating food menu currently boasting indulgent pizzas (with optional vegan substitutes across the board).
With regular drag disco nights - larger-than-life DJs dropping iconic bops - and weekend bottomless brunches, the main bar alone has plenty to offer. But this serpentine space doesn’t end there. With a state-of-the-art live room hosting queer musicians, artists and weekly club nights; a dedicated chillout bar and private terrace; and even a purpose-built Karaoke room, you’ll never want to leave.
With every room available to hire in isolation or as a whole, you can inject some colour into your next event.
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We've put together the best bars in Hoxton for you to find and book. From activity bars for a corporate day out to cosy pubs to swanky cocktail bars, Hoxton is full of amazing bars for you to explore. Take a look at all our bar venues in Hoxton. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best Hoxton bar venues respond to your enquiry.
The best bars in Hoxton
The Market Bar - The Black Market
TT Liquor - TT Cinema
ninetyeight bar - Upstairs event space, Day Hire
Shoreditch High Street
Sager + Wilde Wine Bar - Sager + Wilde | Hackney Road
The Market Bar - Market Bar
Queen of Hoxton - Ground Floor Bar
Liverpool Street Station
Plonk Crazy Golf Hoxton - Whole Venue Hire
The Market Bar - Idlewild
TT Liquor - Cocktail Making Class
TT Liquor - Cellar Bar
The Red Lion - First Floor Hire
Red Lion - Second Floor Hire
Jamie Oliver's Fifteen - Venue Hire
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